Santa Anita Daily Results and Activity

Final Entries

Thursday, October 31
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Special Weight $50,000
Race 2 Maiden Special Weight $50,000
Race 3 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $28,000
Race 4 Starter Optional Claiming – $40,000 $31,000
Race 5 Claiming – $32,000 $32,000
Race 6 Maiden Claiming – $30,000 $21,000
Race 7 Maiden Special Weight $50,000
Race 8 Lure S. $70,000
Race 9 Claiming – $12,500 $15,000

 

Saturday, November 2
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Senator Ken Maddy S. $100,000
Race 2 Damascus S. $100,000
Race 3 Qatar Twilight Derby $200,000
Race 4 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint $1,000,000
Race 5 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint $1,000,000
Race 6 Big Ass Fans Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile $1,000,000
Race 7 Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf $2,000,000
Race 8 Breeders’ Cup Sprint $2,000,000
Race 9 TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile $2,000,000
Race 10 Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff $2,000,000
Race 11 Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf $4,000,000
Race 12 Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic $6,000,000

Santa Anita Final Entries for Breeders Cup Saturday

Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Senator Ken Maddy S. $100,000
Race 2 Damascus S. $100,000
Race 3 Qatar Twilight Derby $200,000
Race 4 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint $1,000,000
Race 5 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint $1,000,000
Race 6 Big Ass Fans Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile $1,000,000
Race 7 Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf $2,000,000
Race 8 Breeders’ Cup Sprint $2,000,000
Race 9 TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile $2,000,000
Race 10 Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff $2,000,000
Race 11 Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf $4,000,000
Race 12 Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic $6,000,000

Santa Anita Daily Results and Activity

Early Entries

Friday, November 1
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Marathon S. Presented by Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance $200,000
Race 2 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $80,000
Race 3 Golden State Juvenile Fillies S. $200,000
Race 4 Golden State Juvenile S. $200,000
Race 5 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint $1,000,000
Race 6 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Presented by Coolmore America $1,000,000
Race 7 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies $2,000,000
Race 8 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf $1,000,000
Race 9 TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile $2,000,000
Race 10 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $80,000

MIDCOURT RALLIES TO WIN $75,000 COMMA TO THE TOP STAKES BY A NECK UNDER ESPINOZA; TRAINED BY SHIRREFFS, HE GETS MILE IN 1:36.89

MIDCOURT RALLIES TO WIN $75,000 COMMA TO THE TOP STAKES BY A NECK UNDER ESPINOZA; TRAINED BY SHIRREFFS, HE GETS MILE IN 1:36.89

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 27, 2019)–A reformed head case, C R K Stable’s Midcourt was unhurried early and rallied boldly to take Sunday’s $75,000 Comma To The Top Stakes by a neck at Santa Anita.  Trained by John Shirreffs, the 4-year-old gelding by Midnight Lute got a flat mile in 1:36.89.

Idle since winning a first condition allowance going one mile at Del Mar Aug. 18, Midcourt, who has been a handful at times in the mornings, was last, about 8 ½ lengths off the lead heading into the Club House turn and was next to last, about six lengths off of favored Leading Score with three furlongs to run.

At that point, Espinoza asked him for his best and when the field turned for home, he was just off the lead while four-wide and prevailed in a head and head battle with Two Thirty Five to come away with the victory.

“In the afternoon, he shows up,” said Shirreffs, who following a protracted absence, took over the training of Midcourt leading into his 4-year-old debut on Feb. 19.  “We think the further he goes, the better he’ll get.  When this horse applies himself, he’s a really good horse.  We’ll probably run next in the Native Diver at Del Mar (Grade III, 1 1/8 miles on Nov. 23).”

Off at 6-1 in a field of five 3-year-olds and up, Midcourt, a Kentucky-bred who is out of the French Deputy mare Mayo On the Side, paid $15.60, $6.40 and $2.80.

“He’s getting so good right now, he’s taking everything on his own and he does things so easily,” said Espinoza, who’s now a perfect two for two with him.  “Horses, when they get into that rhythm, it’s kind of hard to get beat.  John Shirreffs has done an amazing job with this horse.  He is not very easy to deal with in morning, but John is an expert with those kinds of horses.”

A $450,000 Keeneland September Yearling, Midcourt was winless in a pair of starts at age two and did not run at age three.  He’s now won three out of his four starts this year and with the winner’s share of $47,250, his earnings total $138,695.

Attentive to the pace while third heading into the far turn, Two Thirty Five wheeled three-wide at the top of the lane and in a gutty performance, came up a neck short.  Ridden by Abel Cedillo, he was off at 3-1 and paid $4.80 and $2.20.

Heavily favored with Flavien Prat up, Leading Score was sent to the front but tired through the drive to finish third by 4 ¼ lengths over Ground Attack.  Off at 3-5, he paid $2.10 to show.

Fractions on the race were 23.14, 46.46, 1:11.28 and 1:23.97.

Santa Anita Daily Results and Activity

Results

Sunday, October 27
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $25,000 $22,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $28,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Maiden Special Weight $50,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Maiden Special Weight $50,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $51,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Claiming – $32,000 $32,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Comma to the Top S. $75,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Allowance Optional Claiming – $80,000 $51,000 Overnight Overnight

 

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN -SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2019

  • HIGHER POWER ‘LOOKS GOOD’ IN CLASSIC WORK
  • BELLAFINA BREEZES FOR FILLY & MARE SPRINT
  • AMERICAN THEOREM TO MISS THE BC JUVENILE
  • OLIVER IN ‘GOOD ZONE’ FOR COMMA TO THE TOP

SADLER PLEASED WITH HIGHER POWER’S CLASSIC DRILL

Trainer John Sadler, seeking his second consecutive victory in the $6 million Breeders’

Cup Classic this Saturday, worked Higher Power towards that goal at 6:30 this morning, sending the Pacific Classic winner six furlongs in a bullet 1:12.60 under Flavien Prat.

“I had him in (one) 12 and two, which is a good work for six furlongs on this track,” said Sadler, who sent out Accelerate to capture the Breeders’ Cup Classic last year at Churchill Downs. “I had him out (seven furlongs) in (one) 26. He looked good.”

Sadler also supervised Breeders’ Cup works this morning for Ollie’s Candy ($2 million Longines Distaff, four furlongs in 47 flat, and Selcourt (Filly & Mare Sprint, five furlongs in a bullet 59.60, fastest of 39 drills at the distance).

BELLAFINA WORKS, ‘READY’ FOR FILLY & MARE SPRINT

Santa Anita Oaks winner Bellafina had her final major prep for Saturday’s $1 million Filly

& Mare Sprint this morning at 6:30, working four furlongs in 48.20 under exercise rider Ivan de Silva for Simon Callaghan.

“It was what we expected,” the trainer said. “She’s fit and ready.”

Addressing yesterday’s five furlong bullet work in 1:00.60 by Donna Veloce for the Juvenile Fillies at 1 1/16 miles, Callaghan said, “I was really happy.”

A handy 9 ¼-length winner of her only start, at 6 ½ furlongs against five rivals, the bay daughter of Uncle Mo owned by Kaleem Shah seemingly faces a more daunting task against seasoned challengers with route experience in the Juvenile Fillies

“She’s had only one run, but we just hope her talent can help pull her through,” Callaghan said. “It’s definitely a tough ask going from 6 ½ to a mile and a sixteenth Grade I Breeders’ Cup.

“We know that, but we’re optimistic she can do it.”

IN OTHER BREEDERS’ CUP NEWS:

Also on Saturday’s work tab for the Breeders’ Cup were Eddie Haskell (Turf Sprint, four furlongs in 47 flat for Mark Glatt); Shancelot (Sprint, four furlongs in a bullet 46.40, fastest of 69 drills at the distance for Jorge Navarro); Stubbins (Turf Sprint, four furlongs in 49.20 for Doug O’Neill); and Acclimate (Turf, five furlongs in 1:01.20 for Phil D’Amato.

Also: Bolo (Mile, five furlongs in 1:02.40 for Carla Gaines); Draft Pick (Classic, five furlongs in 1:00.80 for Peter Eurton), Giant Expectations (Dirt Mile, five furlongs in 1:01 for Eurton); Secret Spice (Distaff, five furlongs in 1:01 for Richard Baltas); Seeking the Soul (Classic, five furlongs in 1:01.40 for Dallas Stewart; and on the training track, Bowies Hero (Mile, four furlongs in 49.60 for D’Amato) and Hit the Road (Juvenile Turf, four furlongs in 49.80 for Dan Blacker).

Bob Baffert plans to work Juvenile contender Eight Rings at 7:45 a.m. Sunday and Dirt Mile contender Improbable an hour earlier, with Classic favorite McKinzie breezing on Monday.

AMERICAN THEOREM TO SKIP JUVENILE, OPTS FOR DERBY TRAIL

American Theorem, second to Eight Rings in the Grade I American Pharoah Stakes on Sept. 27, will not run in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on Friday, trainer George Papaprodromou said this morning.

“I just feel he’s not 100 percent ready,” said Papaprodromou, who conditions the son of 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah for owner Rustin Kretz. “If he’s not 100 percent for a race like this against the best horses in the world, we have to do what’s right by the horse.

“He’s doing well, everything’s good, but he’s not 100 percent ready so we’re going to pass. There’s no sense pushing something we shouldn’t. We’ll wait and put him on the trail to the Kentucky Derby.”

OLIVER SEEKS THIRD STRAIGHT IN COMMA TO THE TOP

Doug O’Neill hopes he has a hit on his hands in Oliver when the streaking son of Papa Clem runs in Sunday’s $75,000 added Comma To The Top Stakes for three-year-olds and up at a mile on the main track.

Owned by William Peeples, Oliver has won two straight, including the restricted E. B. Johnston Stakes over a mile at Los Alamitos last out on Sept. 7.

“It seems like he’s in a good zone,” said the meet’s runaway leading trainer with 19 victories through 17 days, eight more than runner-up Phil D’Amato.

“We’re real happy and excited about him. It’s a small field but a tough field.”

The Comma To The Top is race seven of eight with a 12:30 p.m. first post time: Oliver, Martin Garcia, 7-2; Midcourt, Victor Espinoza, 4-1; Leading Score, Flavien Prat, 9-5; Ground Attack, Edwin Maldonado, 5-1; and Two Thirty Five, Abel Cedillo, 2-1.

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FINISH LINESJeff Bloom, founder of Bloom Racing Stable, part owner of Horse of the Year contender and Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff favorite Midnight Bisou and a newly appointed board member of the TOC, will be Tom Quigley‘s guest Sunday, 11:20 a.m., in the XBTV studio . . . Fans can support a worthwhile cause during Bash at the Breeders’ Cup, a fundraiser for Thoroughbred aftercare this Friday, Nov. 1. Join Breeders’ Cup at The Langham in Pasadena for one of a kind memorabilia. All proceeds benefit Thoroughbred Charities of America. For tickets, please visit breederscup.com.

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SANTA ANITA STATISTICS
(Current Through Friday, Oct. 25)
Jockey

Mts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

ITM%

Money Won

Abel Cedillo

97

17

13

13

18%

44%

$1,027,442

Flavien Prat

65

16

13

16

25%

69%

$891,676

Jorge Velez

77

14

13

9

18%

47%

$456,773

Rafael Bejarano

52

9

10

11

17%

58%

$460,676

J.C. Diaz, Jr.

48

9

4

4

19%

35%

$285,924

Drayden Van Dyke

41

8

5

5

20%

44%

$564,116

Evin Roman

39

7

3

3

18%

33%

$232,377

Geovanni Franco

46

6

6

7

13%

41%

$298,887

Mike Smith

25

6

2

1

24%

36%

$616,538

Tiago Pereira

44

5

10

6

11%

48%

$259,753

Martin Garcia

46

5

7

4

11%

35%

$228,650

Ruben Fuentes

62

5

3

13

8%

34%

$334,119

Edwin Maldonado

32

4

7

5

13%

50%

$188,192

Mario Gutierrez

29

4

5

5

14%

48%

$228,619

Trainer

Sts

1st

2nd

3rd

Win%

ITM%

Money Won

Doug O’Neill

66

19

11

7

29%

56%

$773,963

Philip D’Amato

42

11

4

5

26%

48%

$801,554

Richard Baltas

42

7

9

10

17%

62%

$437,299

Bob Baffert

27

7

3

4

26%

52%

$655,673

Peter Miller

32

6

4

4

19%

44%

$323,570

John Sadler

41

5

8

7

12%

49%

$336,488

Mark Glatt

34

5

8

2

15%

44%

$247,962

Hector O. Palma

21

4

6

1

19%

52%

$116,343

Richard Mandella

23

4

3

6

17%

57%

$390,424

Jeff Mullins

26

4

2

7

15%

50%

$187,086

John Shirreffs

11

4

2

1

36%

64%

$259,062

J. Keith Desormeaux

16

3

4

3

19%

63%

$107,975

Jack Carava

20

3

3

6

15%

60%

$84,894

Simon Callaghan

14

3

2

3

21%

57%

$240,633

Craig Anthony Lewis

14

3

2

0

21%

36%

$111,955

Vann Belvoir

13

3

0

3

23%

46%

$48,932

Andrew Lerner

16

3

0

2

19%

31%

$71,957

KEEPER OFTHE STARS RALLIES TO TAKE GRADE III, $100,000 AUTUMN MISS STAKES BY 1 ½ LENGTHS UNDER CEDILLO

KEEPER OFTHE STARS RALLIES TO TAKE GRADE III, $100,000 AUTUMN MISS STAKES BY 1 ½ LENGTHS UNDER CEDILLO; TRAINED BY WONG, SHE GETS MILE ON TURF IN 1:32.70 AND SURVIVES STEWARDS INQUIRY INTO STRETCH RUN

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 26, 2019)–An allowance winner on turf last time out at Golden Gate Fields, trainer Jonathan Wong’s Keeper Ofthe Stars rallied to take Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Autumn Miss Stakes at Santa Anita by 1 ½ lengths.  A bit erratic late, Keeper Ofthe Stars, who was ridden by Abel Cedillo, survived a stewards inquiry into the stretch run while getting a flat mile on turf in 1:32.70.

Mid-pack with a half mile to run, Keeper Ofthe Stars hugged the rail turning for home, angled out for room approaching the furlong pole and then drifted into the path of longshot Holly Hundy a sixteenth out, but straightened up and won as much the best.

“She’s still green,” explained Cedillo. “She’s learning (with) every race, but today when she was between horses, she got intimidated. That’s why she came out a little bit.  I straightened her up right away and she won pretty easy.”

A close fourth two starts back in the Grade I Del Mar Oaks Aug. 17, Keeper Ofthe Stars was a 3 ½ length allowance winner going 1 1/16 miles on turf at Golden Gate Sept. 20.  Off at 5-1 in a field of 12 sophomore fillies, she paid $12.20, $6.80 and $4.60.

Owned by Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, Keeper Ofthe Stars, who is a Kentucky-bred daughter of Midnight Lute, notched her first stakes victory and her fifth win from 10 overall starts.  With the winner’s share of $60,000, she increased her earnings to $184,800.

“I was very scared,” said Wong with regard to the inquiry.  “I saw her come out a little bit past the sixteenth pole, I didn’t think it was much, but everyone finished pretty close for the minors so I was afraid it might have affected them a little bit.

“Me and Abel have had a lot of wins.  He’s my main man, a very good friend and an awesome rider.  I’m really proud of him.”

For her part, Giza Goddess, trained by John Shirreffs, ran too good to lose as she led the entire way until well inside the sixteenth pole. Ridden by Brice Blanc, she was off at 29-1 and paid $20.80 and $10.20.

“She ran her tail off today,” said Blanc. “She broke running and showed good natural speed. I know the fractions look fast, but we were going real easy. She ran huge, especially when you consider she had been away so long (Dec. 18, 2018).”

California-bred Mucho Unusual, ridden by Victor Espinoza, rallied from well of the pace to be third, finishing a neck in front of 8-5 favorite Hidden Message. Off at 6-1, Mucho Unusual paid $5.80 to show.

Fractions on the race were 22.27, 45.01, 1:08.44 and 1:20.62.

SANTA ANITA 20 CENT RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT CARRYOVER OF $351,352, INTO SUNDAY; FIRST POST TIME FOR EIGHT-RACE CARD IS AT 12:30 P.M.

 SANTA ANITA 20 CENT RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT CARRYOVER OF $351,352,  INTO SUNDAY; FIRST POST TIME FOR EIGHT-RACE CARD IS AT 12:30 P.M.

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 26, 2019)–Santa Anita’s popular 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot went unsolved again on Saturday, creating a Jackpot carryover into Sunday of $351,352.

If there is no single ticket winner on Thursday, the Jackpot pool will carry over into closing day Sunday, with a mandatory payout as the two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships will have a separate Pick Six pool on Friday and Saturday.

With a Jackpot carryover of $314,503 coming into Saturday, there was $160,945 in new money wagered, making for a total Jackpot pool of $475,448. Although there was no single ticket winner, there were 132 consolation tickets, each worth $653.00.

First post time for an eight-race card on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m., with admission gates opening at 10:30 a.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.

Santa Anita Daily Results and Activity

Results

Saturday, October 26
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Starter Optional Claiming – $12,500 $20,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $17,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Maiden Special Weight $50,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Maiden Special Weight $50,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Claiming – $32,000 $24,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $17,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Autumn Miss S. $100,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Maiden Special Weight $50,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Allowance Optional Claiming – $16,000 $51,000 Overnight Overnight



Early Entries

Thursday, October 31 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Special Weight $50,000
Race 2 Maiden Special Weight $50,000
Race 3 Maiden Claiming – $50,000 $28,000
Race 4 Starter Optional Claiming – $40,000 $31,000
Race 5 Claiming – $32,000 $32,000
Race 6 Maiden Claiming – $30,000 $21,000
Race 7 Maiden Special Weight $50,000
Race 8 Lure S. $70,000
Race 9 Claiming – $12,500 $15,000